Arc 1800. Set on a hillside, with beautiful views, Chalet Yves is an attractive, traditional chalet. It is 430 metres (approx) and a short ski from the Chantel chairlift in Les Arc 1800. Alternatively a free ski bus stops approximately 200 metres (approx) uphill from the chalet. For nightlife, the centre of Arc 1800 is an 8 -10 minute walk (700 metres approx) down the road.
A former farm building, Chalet Yves has been sympathetically restored by the owner, using local timbers and stone. This simple and rustic traditional mountain chalet has an open fire which gives a warm and homely feel to the property. Situated on the peaceful hillside below our Chalet Cicero, Yves has possibly the most stunning views of Mont Blanc and the valley below and everything you would expect from a traditional French mountain chalet. NB: Snowboots and easy-to-carry bags are strongly recommended as the steep path to the chalet is often snowy.
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Les Arcs ski resort
Les Arcs is the definition of skiing convenience. The resort consists of four modern purpose-built resorts at 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000 metres. The resorts are spread out and accommodation is generally well placed to access the skiing. Arc 1800 is the largest village with a lively atmosphere, whilst Arc 2000 is extremely convenient to access the skiing and at 2000 metres, snow-sure. Arc 1950, the most recent addition to Les Arcs, is more rustic in style, with each building designed to have views of either a valley or a peak.
Les Arcs has four resorts at different levels: Arc 1600, Arc 1800, the beautiful new Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. Arc 1800 consists of three hamlets: Charvet, Villards and Charmettoger. Charvet and Villards are centred round open-air shopping centres with numerous bars and clubs. Charmettoger is prettier in the trees but it’s a 10–15 minute walk to the bars in Villards. The brand new Arc 1950 is stunning. It’s still in the final stages of being built (due to be completely finished in 2008) by the Canadian company Intrawest, and it has a certain Canadian feel to it. The apartments are spacious and modern and the buildings are colourful. A few more restaurants and shops popped up last year, and you can expect Arc 1950 to continue to grow over the next year or two. Arc 2000 isn’t the most attractive of ski resorts, nor does it have a lively nightlife, but you can’t beat the access to the extensive skiing in Les Arcs.
The skiing in Les Arcs will appeal to every level of skier and snowboarder, so is attractive to mixed ability groups. Beginners will find convenient nursery slopes, Intermediates have extensive terrain to explore, experts will find some challenging on-piste escapades as well as vast expanses of freeriding off-piste and freestylers can play in the well equipped apocalypse snow park. The villages within Les Arcs provide many activities such as bowling, helicopter trips, hot air balloon rides, overnight igloo stays, dog sled trips, driving on ice, massage, paragliding, or skidooing. There are also some great events to watch if your trip coincides with them. In January are the French ski joering championships, in February is the Robert Blanc derby, where holidaymakers compete against locals in honour of the man who co-founded the resort, and in March is the North Face Freeride, an extreme event which attracts some of the best skiers in the World.
Skiing and boarding in Les Arcs
Skiing Les Arcs has taken on a new dimension with the Vanoise Express cable car combining the two areas of Les Arcs and La Plagne on the Paradiski lift pass. Les Arcs offers excellent skiing and boarding for every level and the superb lift system makes getting back to base very easy from any point. The Glacier du Varet guarantees snow and offers one of the longest runs in the world: 7km descent from Aiguille Rouge to Villaroger. Beginners benefit from the abundant blue runs while intermediates can enjoy the high altitude bowls and tree-lined runs to Peisey Nancroix. Experts should try the challenge of the Deux Tétes.
Apres ski in Les Arcs
Arc 1800 has a range of bars, shops, restaurants, night-club/discos and a cinema.
If you want to have a rest from the apres ski one night and would prefer a massage to ease those muscles, then why not book yourself a massage with Massage Me.
Off piste: ****
Non skiers: *